HIPKINS EX­PECTS CHAL­LENGES FROM LABOR

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By MON­TANA ARDON

NED­LANDS Mayor Max Hipkins be­lieves the newly elected Labor Gov­ern­ment will bring sig­nif­i­cant change to the west­ern sub­urbs.

Mr Hipkins, who ran as an In­de­pen­dent Lib­eral can­di­date in the 2013 State Elec­tion, said the Labor Gov­ern­ment would be more chal­leng­ing to work with.

“The past gov­ern­ment gave the City a lot of favours the new gov­ern­ment cer­tainly would not,” he said.

“On the trans­port side, for ex­am­ple, the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment ac­cepted a ‘boule­vard’, link­ing Clare­mont through to UWA.

“How­ever, I ac­cept that it is a change of gov­ern­ment and that we’re go­ing to have to start work­ing with peo­ple who have a nat­u­ral ten­dency to be anti-west­ern sub­urbs.”

Ned­lands ex­pe­ri­enced a swing of more than 10 per cent from the 2013 elec­tion to Labor, polling 41 per­cent of the two-party pre­ferred vote to the Lib­eral Party’s 59 per cent.

Mr Hipkins said the swing against Ned­lands MP and for­mer trans­port min­is­ter Bill Marmion was not too sur­pris­ing.

“Cer­tainly from the Su­bi­aco side, there were a lot of peo­ple who felt that the present Mem­ber didn’t rep­re­sent their in­ter­ests,” he said.

“There was a lot of dis­sat­is­fac­tion about loss of land to the City of Perth and it showed.

“It ap­pears (Labor can­di­date) Penny Tay­lor did a good job; from what I heard she came across as hon­est and want­ing to prop­erly rep­re­sent the elec­torate.”

The Ned­lands mayor since 2011, Mr Hipkins said he was in­ter­ested to see how the Mcgowan Gov­ern­ment would ap­proach lo­cal is­sues.

These in­cluded what the Gov­ern­ment would con­trib­ute to the Land­corp re­de­vel­op­ment on Selby Street.

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